Baltimore Maryland is a majority-black but hyper-segregated city. Following the uprising in Baltimore in 2015 in response to the police murder of Freddie Gray, Dr. Lawrence Brown, a public health expert at Morgan University, a historically black university in Baltimore, found that historical context and data were missing from the conversation about what was happening. Thus, he wrote “The Black Butterfly: The Politics of Race and Space in America.” In this book, Dr. Brown describes the history of and the players who created the urban apartheid and how Baltimore became a template for many cities across the country. His book, available through Johns Hopkins University, provides the data, language and solutions necessary for the struggle to dismantle systemic racism.
Dr. Lawrence T. Brown is the founder and director of the Black Butterfly Project, a racial equity education and consulting firm in Baltimore City. From 2013–2019, he served as an assistant and associate professor at Morgan State University in the School of Community Health and Policy, where he launched the #BmoreLeadFree initiative. In 2020, he directed the US COVID Atlas work and response for the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program in partnership with the University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science.